March 2017 Newsletter

posted Mar 9, 2017, 4:34 AM by Maryann Stradczuk

Hello Ladies!


Our sister Columbiette, Paula Nowakowski, is very grateful for the assistance she received from Columbiettes as she recovers from total knee replacement.  Many of you have visited, cooked meals, done laundry, stayed overnight when she was newly home from the hospital, done shopping, and taken care of many things that she was unable to do.  Paula is recovering nicely, but I’m sure still needs some assistance as this is a long recovery.  Her address is 371 Edmond Road in Griswold.  You can also call (860-639-8558) or email (  I’m so proud of your outpouring of support for Paula!


The Pro-Life Baby Shower is this Sunday, March 12th @2:00pm.  This event is a standard issue baby shower that benefits The Cradle Fund of the Norwich Diocese.   Last year’s shower was so much fun we decided to do it again!  Car seats cannot be accepted, but any cash that is donated to this will go toward the purchase of gift cards for the purchase of car seats for disadvantaged families.  So far we have four car seats!  The Cradle Fund is looking for children’s clothes up to size 2.  Diapers and other items are also welcome.  The committee is meeting this Friday, March 10th @6:00pm in the Church Hall for set up.  Feel free to join them, if you are interested in helping out.  There is no need to bring food for this event as they are buying simple foods.  So bring yourself and a baby gift for The Cradle Fund!  I’m looking forward to this lovely event.  Please RSVP on the website so we can have an idea of how many tables to set up.


You may have noticed that the shelves in our closet at the Church Hall are failing and we are unable to organize the closet properly.  Ugh!  If you have an idea for a solution, please bring it.  Thanks!


The Griswold Youth Center is sponsoring a Community Yard Sale on April 8th, and Columbiettes will be there!   We will bring our banner and some of our stuff.  It will be good exposure for us and an opportunity to spread the good news of our group.  Vicki Rosich and I will be getting together this Friday, March 10th at 1:00pm to organize our storage room at the Parish Center and get items together for the sale.  Wanna help?  Just show up!  I suggest wearing grubby clothes and maybe gloves.  This will also be good prep for our upcoming Yard Sale/Book Sale which will be July 22nd.  Note:  the date has been changed.


It is time to nominate officers for the 2017-2018 Columbiette year.  If you knew how much fun we have as officers, you’d take our jobs in a heartbeat.  Yes, the current officers do a fantastic job for us!  We also know that officers (except financial officers) are supposed to serve just two years in each post.  Most of our officers, including myself, have been in their positions since our inception.  Please consider becoming an officer.  I have seen every kind of officer, and know that there is more than one way to do a really great job.  Kathy Brophy (chair), Allison Turcotte, and Becky Jusseaume are on our Nominating Committee and will bring back recommendations to next month’s meeting.  Nominations will also be able to be made from the floor at the May meeting as we hold our elections.  If I am replaced as President, I would still be an officer.  My job title would be Immediate Past President.  Right now we are one shy of a full deck of officers, although Kathy Brophy has done a great job of filling in for the assigned duties of the Past President.


Bob Roberge has the details on this year’s Cape Cod Trip.  As always we will be staying at the Cape Cod Irish Village in West Yarmouth – right on Route 28 in Mid Cape.  The double occupancy rate is $314 per room, and the deposit is $50 (check payable to McCabe Knights of Columbus) and includes two dinners and two breakfasts.  And the food is really good!   We will arrive September 29th and depart October 2nd.  This trip is always a good time.  Reserve early to be sure you get a room!  If you have any questions, contact Bob or Ceil Roberge.


Our next First Degree Ceremony is April 9th at 2:00pm in the Church.  All prospective members must attend a First Degree Ceremony to become Columbiettes.  The next step is Major Degree, which brings another set of privileges with it.  The next Major Degree Ceremony will be in Old Saybrook on April 22nd.  This is being hosted by our very own District Deputy, Joan Carlson’s Auxiliary and we are thrilled to have this important event in Eastern Connecticut. 


The Ladies Tea is back to May 13th at 1:00pm.  I was hoping to change due to my work schedule change, but the hall was not available.  I’m sorry for the confusion on the date.  The next meeting of the Ladies Tea Committee will be Friday, April 7th at 6:00pm in the Church Hall.  We will take inventory of supplies and make final preparations.  Our formula for this event has been very successful and we look forward to another fun social event.


All of the information in this newsletter is included on our website –  And there’s more!  We have a member’s page that includes two forms.  These are requests for Social Welfare and/or Thank You Notes.  When these are utilized, we have all the information we need to accomplish the job without having to search.  It saves lots of time and confusion, allowing for a better job of things.


We voted to submit a resolution to State and Supreme Columbiettes to lower the joining age of Columbiettes to 16 for family members (daughters, granddaughters, step daughters, nieces, etc.) of adult Columbiettes.  This change requires a amending the Supreme by-laws, which is no small task.  I have reached out to our State and Supreme Advocates on how to proceed with this change.


We will be holding a Kielbasa Dinner / Cupcake Challenge on Saturday, October 7th.  The Dinner Committee thus far consists of Sue Haulotte, Linda DeManuel, Kathy Luty, Allison Turcotte, Kristi Surratt, Kathy Kral, and Renee Asmar.  Becky Jusseaume is a committee of one so far for the Cupcake Challenge.  For the Cupcake Challenge, bakers will submit their best baker’s dozen of decorated cupcakes.  A judging panel will rate the confections on taste, decoration, and texture.  The winner will receive a one of a kind embroidered apron and the title of 2017 Heaven’s Delight Cupcake Challenge Winner.  Wow!  I think it will be lots of fun and we will be selling the cupcakes after the judging.  The date is also the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of the Rosary, which is certainly worth celebrating.  There was some discussion on whether a dessert should be offered with the dinner.  The committee will decide.


The Golf Tournament will be August 11th.  Now is the time to think about baskets and other prizes for the raffle.  Do you have a group of items that would make a good basket?  The committee would be happy to make them look great.  Do you deal frequently or have connections with a particular business?  Ask them if they would like to sponsor a hole or donate a raffle prize.  All donors receive a letter of thanks for their tax deductible donation.  Maybe you know someone who golfs?  Ask them!  This is a tournament that we all can be very proud to recommend.  Everyone has a great time.  The course is always in great condition.  And because we have connections, the weather has always been stellar.  It’s a win all around.  Please do your part to make this important fundraiser a success!


Kathy Luty is missing a leather glove that she thinks she left at the meeting.  If you have a stray glove, please let her know.  Apparently they have sentimental value.


We will be investigating printing letterhead and envelopes for our Auxiliary.  If anyone has any suggestions, or would like to take on the challenge, please let me know.


The Officers’ Meeting will be Monday, March 13th.  Same bat time.  Same bat channel.


Our next meeting is Monday, April 3rd at 7:00pm in the Church Hall.  Social Hour begins at 6:00pm.  If you are interested in attending Divine Mercy Chaplet, go to the Parish Center Chapel at 5:00pm.  All of this information is on our website –  Thanks for all you do to make our group great!



  •  Maryann